Alumni Stories: Raluca

Global education policymakers are changing the landscape of private provision of education in developing countries The recent news that the European Parliament adopted a Resolution stating that the European Commission “must not use development aid money to fund commercial private schools” resounded over the global education landscape. The debate around the role of the private…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Can EdTech reduce the inequalities in educational opportunity around the world? The focus and efforts in global education are switching steadily from assuring education access to increasing children’s learning outcomes. For this objective too, the global community must set its sights on helping all children, regardless of their schooling history or means. But how? Has…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

How can the private sector contribute to SDG4’s achievement? When searching for monitoring and reporting data on SDG4 Quality Education progress no centralized estimates on businesses’ contribution is available. Yet, the private sector is asked by international organizations and governments to support the SDGs’ achievement, it has good reasons to engage and is moving slowly…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Why do developing countries’ governments still support low-cost private schools? With one in eight primary school students attending a private school and one in four for secondary level among middle-income and low-income countries in 2017, the major role private schools play in education is no secret. Yet, in the last years growing evidence signals low-fee…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Parents and children’s early years education Increasing amount of evidence shows that early years children nutrition, health and learning play a crucial factor for brain development and prepares them for the next schooling years. Important stakeholders in global development such as the World Bank emphasize the high returns on investments in early learning programs for…

Alumni Stories: Yvette

“I don’t like travelling” ‘I don’t like travelling’.  Slightly surprised I take another sip of my drink. I am at my friend’s house in Amman, talking to one of his colleagues. Not a statement you would expect from someone in his mid-twenties. All my friends from home proudly flush their social media accounts with pictures…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Does increasing conditional cash transfers’ amount translate into better outcomes for education? Conditional cash transfers (CCTs), that started with Oportunidad in Mexico in 1997 followed shortly by the Bolsa Familia in Brazil, are still one of the most popular “fast social policies”, aiming at a quick fix of poverty through education. Yet, despite a positive impact…